Our Most Notable and Favorite Articles for the Week Ending September 25, 2015

At Advancing Opportunities, we excel in providing residential and respite services to people of with all disabilities, along with advocacy and education services for parents and guardians and assistive technology support. As a leader in the field, we are pleased to share our experience, knowledge, and expertise with the disability community through our social media outlets: Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. In our Disability and Ability Highlights of the Week column, we will select the best of what we found and shared and present them. Please click on the titles with embedded links to find the full article.

Advocacy and self-advocacy:
Self-advocates tell in their own words, “What is Self-Determination and Why Is It Important?”

More on self-determination – autism and other disabilities

People with a disability in the community (disability rights and acceptance):
Kerstin’s big sister Adielene, one of her biggest supporters, wrote a poignant essay on her.

Disability awareness:
Is the Changing Definition of Autism Narrowing What We Think of as “Normal”?

In a sociological study, researchers found that many blind people think about race in visual terms.

An award-winning autism documentary translated into Spanish by a New Jersey teen provides valuable resource for underserved communities:
“Guía del Adolescente para Entender y Comunicarse con Personas con Autismo”

Mothers weigh in about having a child on the autism spectrum. It’s in Australia, but it could just as well be anywhere.

Parenting children with special needs:
10 Autumn Activities for Children with Autism

Children with autism who experience executive function impairments may benefit from “exergaming,” according to a recent study conducted by researchers at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Assistive technology:
Amazing assistive technology! A physician has created a wristband that can predict outbursts in people with autism.

Employment for people with disabilities:
Emma: Master Shredder. A woman with Down syndrome starts her own business.

Medical news – research:
A team led by researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) this week publishes in PNAS a new analysis of data on the genetics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

UC Irvine researchers believe they have found an important biomarker for autism that may aid in diagnosis.

People with disabilities in the arts:
This New Jersey actress who uses a wheelchair is a likely first for Broadway.

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